Biggest weight loss mistake

The most common reason for failure to lose weight is not what you think! Recently I experienced this first hand thru a simple calculation mistake.

When people get psyched up to start a diet, lack of motivation is NOT a problem. The problem in fact is the opposite, they are TOO ambitious and TOO excited. By the time most people get on a plan, they are willing to do anything to lose that excess weight and lose it fast. Many people read a book or use a website like mine which plans the meals for you. So far, so good. They go for a day or two and feel great, they are not hungry and they are psyched. They then step on the scale and are disappointed that they are not losing weight faster (unrealistic expectations again!) so they decide that they will eat less. Everybody ‘knows’ that diets mean hunger and since they are not hungry, that must be the reason they are not losing weight as fast as they want. So they eat less than their book or meal plan suggests, and it works for a very, very short time. Then they get really hungry. Being hungry isnt dangerous if there is nothing good to eat around but most people have at least a dozen tempting situations a day. Eventually their hunger gets the best of them, they have one chip, and its all over – binge-fest. Any progress they had made is wiped out in a single binge session and they are left feeling worse about themselves than when they started. What went wrong? Not their motivation or their willpower, they had plenty of both. Not their plan, they had a good plan. They were just too ambitious and impatient and didnt follow the plan they had laid out for themselves and it caused their bodies survival instincts to kick in.
So, how is it that I discovered this first hand? I certainly dont seem like the type who this would happen to and I’m not. I discovered this by accident. The second time I did carb cycling and was using my meal planner, I accidentally input the wrong information. I entered that my exercise level was 3-5hrs a week and not the 7-21hours a week that I actually do. With my activity level incorrectly entered, the meals designed were not adequate. The first day was fine, I felt really good. On day two, oh my god, what a disaster. I got really hungry after the second meal and for me, hunger is a very, very bad thing. My only nutritional defense is to insure that I keep myself feeling satisfied and full with healthy foods 24/7 because when I get HUNGRY, its all over – I can be a hoover vacuum cleaner. I started browsing around the kitchen looking for trouble and I found it, a jar of peanut butter that we use to bait rat-traps. I was so desperate that I mixed rat-trap peanut butter with sugar for the humming bird feeders and ate it – and I DIDNT spit it out! How low can Scooby stoop? Thats pretty low! There you have it, a true confession. After day 2 of the carb cycling I blew it big time, it was only when I was licking the last of the peanut butter off my chops that I started thinking about how odd it was that I got so hungry because the first time I did carb cycling using my meal planner, I was never hungry. It was then that I looked at my print outs and saw my glaring error, by entering the incorrect activity level, each meal was 100 calories too small! The carb cycling meal planner is very precise and cuts things to the optimal caloric levels, eating less will not provide better results as my little mistake showed! I then calculated my meal size properly and did 2 weeks of carb cycling to drop my bodyfat down to 6% without ever feeling hungry.
The moral of the story is that eating less is not always better when you are trying to reduce bodyfat. There is an optimal amount of calories required and eating less than that will either result in muscle being burned, binging, or both.

9 thoughts on “Biggest weight loss mistake”

  1. hi, Scooby, your information is very useful. I was intermitting fasting 2 and half month and lost around 3 kg in the beginning but then I haven’t lost single pound after that but I seen changes I seen bit definitions but still weight was not dropping . I looked the same recently I contacted the hodgtwins they said count ur carbs as I never counted my carbs in my entire life so when I went down to 50g of carb a day and less then that I lost around 2 kg in a week and half at the same time intermitting fasting then I started reading about low carb atkins diets things like that. I have found 2 things one is that you go on low carb don’t cycle it until u achieve your goal second you do 4 days low carb and then3 days high carb . in the last 1 month I haven’t cheated on my meals but last Sunday it just happened with bunch of relatives so and after that I ate everything the next day I went to gym I gained back my 2 kg weight that I have lost with low carb diet and then by today meaning in around 3 days I lost that weight again . so I was thinking if I do carb cycling and then go on high carb few days I will gain the weight again I know its water weight but is it normal? or shall I stick to just low card and never cycle it? I am just confuse. I appreciated if you reply . thank . Haroon

  2. "… I found it, a jar of peanut butter that we use to bait rat-traps. "
    Now that's what I call an excuse! ;)

    As you always say, just don't buy that stuff! If I have junk food in my fridge, I 'll definitely eat it (at once, of course). Not buying unhealthy foods was the biggest step I had to make. You can't eat what you don't have.

  3. This is very very true. Hunger is the worst enemy. Not that hunger is wrong but you put yourself in incontrollable hungry status, thus blood sugar level goes down and you go crazy.

    I know this very well as I have hypoglycemia and I do go crazy if I don't eat well. Anyone can go crazy due to hypoglycemia if one isn't eating enough too long.

    Gaining weight isn't a big matter. You could die from this!

    I've been following Scooby's advice for 5 months and getting good result. But I think diet is at least one year or longer project. As a matter of fact, it's a life time project.

  4. I think some blame is on the biggest looser tv show. in the 1st week the contestants who start at 400 lbs drop 30 in 1 week.this is beyond reachable for almost every person who diets.
    Glad to see that you are human scooby. Im on 3rd week of carb cycling. the no cheating part is tuff.but i have stuck it out and am liking the results. as a carb lover i just wait patiently for that 4th day!

  5. That's right. Any time we embark on facing with the unknown, we tend to forget that nothing happens overnight. For me the current solution to fight the temptation is to never think of it as a temptation. It's like with women – too many around you and you don't take notice, but once they're scarce, you're tempted to have whatever gets your way.

  6. Hey Scoob

    I know what you are talking about, I went on a low cal, low fat, low carb diet all at the same time for 4 months, lost like 70 lbs. But boy am I paying the price right now. I have not binged and kept my self at bay. But it is a mental struggle EVERYDAY. So I can fist hand vouch for that deprivation diets do not work. Yes you loose weight. but thats about it for the short time you stay on it. After you either gain all pluss some back or you have a fight on your hands everyday with your body like I do.


  7. Well Said scooby .. The same has happened with me . At first i started losing weight quickly and then started trying for more by taking less than before .. Its resulting in hunger and many times due to this hunger i have take something which i should never take .. It happened with me just 30 min before as well .. I will now keep this in my mind

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